Area Engineering provides foundation engineering, design, and inspection services. All
services related to foundations are compliant with guidance provided by the Texas Section of the American Society of Mechanical
Engineers in “Recommended Practice for the Design of Residential Foundations”, Version 1, dated 2002. We will prepare plans and specifications for the foundation, conduct the necessary
inspections to ensure the as-built foundation is compliant with all plans and specifications, and serve as the engineer of
foundation design is compliant with the American Concrete Institute, “Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete” (ACI 318-02). Conventional
Slab-on-Grade foundations will be compliant with the Wire Reinforcement Institute, “Design of Slab-on-Grade Foundations”. Post-Tensioned Slab-on-Grade
foundations will comply with the Post-Tensioning Institute, “Design of Post-Tensioned Slabs-on-Grade, 3rd Edition. We will require
a geotechnical report that adequately characterizes the soil conditions for each building site in order to establish foundation
design parameters. The minimum exploration program for a subdivision should be
determined by the geotechnical engineer and shall cover the geographic and topographic limits of the subdivision, and
shall examine believed differences in geology in sufficient detail to provide information
and guidance for secondary investigations, if any. The geotechnical exploration
program should take into account site conditions, such as vegetation, depth of fill, drainage, seepage areas, slopes, fence
lines, old roads or trails, man-made constructions, the time of year regarding seasonal weather cycles and other conditions
that may affect foundation performance.
will inspect all foundations prior to the placement of concrete to ensure compliance with designs and specifications. If required by the client or local building official, we will witness and document
the placement of concrete. We will inspect post-tensioned foundations after
tendon stressing to ensure elongations are within acceptable limits. A copy of
the comprehensive inspection procedure and checklist we follow is available for your review.
the successful completion of the foundation, we will issue any required letters of compliance indicating the foundation is
in substantial conformance with the applicable building codes, minimum standards of practice described above, and the approved
plans and specifications.